Prenatal Diagnosis and Care

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital's Prenatal Diagnosis Center offers the earliest screening available for Down syndrome and other abnormalities in an unborn baby. Our physicians perform first trimester screenings between 11 and 14 weeks of gestation. The screening will detect 80 to 90 percent of chromosome abnormalities. Our doctors also perform second trimester ultrasounds to evaluate for abnormalities.

Couples referred to the Prenatal Diagnosis Center may receive genetic counseling. Prior to their scheduled ultrasound procedure, our practitioner takes a detailed family and medical history and gives an idea of what the ultrasound examination and other possible tests will be like. We also discuss abnormal results and options with families.

For more information about the Center, talk with your healthcare provider or call 1-800-SENTARA.

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